The USPGA Golf Championship is just a matter of weeks away and many of the world’s top golfers will be looking for significant performances ahead of the Ryder Cup this autumn.
This should make for an exciting tournament at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, as several big name players are by no means guaranteed a Ryder Cup place.
The 96th USPGA Championship will also see the return of the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition, when players will be invited to show off their precision and power on the 590-yard tenth hole.
Set to get underway on 7 August, the Long Drive competition will take place during practice two days before the big event begins.
The best in the world set to compete
A large field regularly competes in the USPGA Championship, with some of the biggest names in the sport set to compete in the season’s final major championship.
Last year saw Jason Dufner win his first major championship at the tournament, finishing two shots clear of compatriot Jim Furyk, while Tiger Woods will be looking to add to his 79 career PGA tour wins.
Woods had claimed USPGA victory four times in his glittering career and one more triumph would move him level with golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.
Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood will form part of an English contingent vying for the title, with the latter dangerously close to missing out on Ryder Cup selection.
Rory McIlroy will also be looking to build on his impressive victory in the recent British Open and to echo his performance at the 2012 USPGA, when he won by eight strokes.
What’s near to the Valhalla Course?
The 486-acre course is situated approximately 20 miles east of Louisville and there are plenty of fantastic viewing opportunities around the 18 holes.
This will be the third time that the course has hosted the USPGA, so it is well placed when it comes to catering for thousands of golf fans from across the globe.
Louisville is full of attractions and things to see, including a 134-acre zoo, while the Fort Knox is just a short distance to the south.
A host of other historical properties can be found all over the Louisville metropolitan area, meaning there is plenty to entertain golf fans alongside the prestigious golf tournament.
Funding a trip to the USPGA in Kentucky
Travelling with a prepaid travel card can provide money to spend without the need to carry lots of travellers’ cheques or foreign currency.
With a prepaid card you can only spend the amount which is on it at any given time, making budget management possible, although it can be topped up if you so wish.
Additional security exists on these cards, while the exchange rate seen will be the one when the original transaction took place – providing protection should the exchange rate vary dramatically during a trip.
The current strength of the pound against the dollar also means those travelling can get more for their money.